Opening Reception: Thursday September 3, 7 to 10 p.m.
Artist Talk: Saturday September 12, 1 p.m.
In this exhibition, Robin Kingsburgh and David Griffin approach painting as an art of colour, but from very different perspectives. Kingsburgh’s work embodies experiments in nature. Process driven, unconscious gestures respond to the random drip of flowing paint or the grain on a slab of wood, andbecome the starting points for meditations on rhythm, form, tone and colour. The paintings explore the boundaries between order and chaos, mirroring the condition of the human psyche, and the Universe as a whole.
While Kingsburgh seeks to distill complexity through restrained colour and shape, Griffin draws cadenced human, animal, and liquid topographies, to hold light, giving voice to complex metaphors. The paintings emerge as syncopations of sinew, drapery, and dream, but also growth, and reflection.
In addition, Kingsburgh and Griffin offer two collaborative paintings, passed back and forth over several months, as experiments in slow, visual conversations. These paintings occupy an odd middle ground between the two painters own working methods, where Griffin attempts to bend Kingsburgh’s rationality through an atmospheric lens, while Kingsburgh offers Griffin some quiet.
Saturday September 12, 1pm – Kingsburgh & Griffin will be interviewed by Jane Adams.
About the artists:
Robin teaches science to artists and designers at OCAD University, and in the Division of Natural Science at York University. She has a PhD in Astronomy (1992, University College London), and was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Mexico from 1993-1996. Her artistic education comes from studies at University of Toronto, and continuing education at The Slade School, London UK, which paralleled her scientific development. Kingsburgh has exhibited in numerous solo and group shows over the past decade, and inspired by the ideas and methodologies of science, she has curated exhibitions in the Toronto area, including Nuit Blanche Independent Projects, and at the Ontario Science Centre.
Born in Kingston, Jamaica, David works with painting, performance, notation systems, and writing in dynamic relationship with these studio practices. Currently a lecturer in the Faculty of Art at OCAD University in Toronto, David holds an MFA (Painting) from The Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, and a PhD from the Glasgow School of Art, where he designed and implemented a series of graphical music notation systems, including a positive notation for vocal silence.